Loyalist ceasefire broker remembered…

WITH the issue of loyalist arms back on the agenda, it seems remiss not to recall here the life of Rev Roy Magee, who died last week at the age of 79. Magee, who had battled against Parkinson’s disease, played a key role in bringing about a loyalist ceasefire in 1994 and also mediated between different factions when feuds broke out. Tributes were paid to the peacemaker, noting his courage, and RTE reported that Presbyterian Moderator, Dr Donald Patton, said he was owed a huge debt of gratitude by all for helping loyalist paramilitaries move from violence. The Times has a fuller obituary here and the Irish Times’ one is here.